Weekend News Roundup – May 21

Lambeth Prayers, General Convention trimming, the nature of priestly ministry and more; it’s our weekly roundup of news from around the church and Anglican Communion.

Episcopal Church

Church Leadership propose a shortened four-day General Convention in Baltimore this summer.


Also in GC news, the Standing Committee on Program, Budget and Finance discussed the what’s and how’s of financing a proposed churchwide anti-racism coalition.


A local parish in Vicksburg, MS will be hosting pot-luck farmers market/community meals this summer in a ministry they’re calling Farm to Feast.


At the very hour an Episcopal Church in Maryland tries to lead its community in a reckoning with racism, a teen fueled by racist hate murders ten in New York.


 Bishop’s Corner

The Rev Canon Shannon Rogers Duckworth elected 12th (first female) bishop of the diocese of Louisiana.                       


The Rev Charlie Holt was elected as Bishop of Florida (centered in Jacksonville). Though many around the church are disappointed by his lack of support for marriage equality. 


Anglican communion

In Canada, the ongoing dialogue between Anglicans and Roman Catholics was able to meet in person for the first time in a long while and reviewed proposals to expand and deepen their engagement.


Archbishop Justin Welby asks all Anglican/Episcopal churches around the world to set aside Trinity Sunday to pray for the upcoming Lambeth Conference gathering of bishops.


In a pandemic-influenced surprise, Anglican Church of Canada has had a budget surplus for past two years, breaking a downward trend that has continued for the past two decades. 


In Ireland, a traditional Christmas appeal has been repurposed to raise money to support relief efforts in Ukraine.


Dean of Canterbury, whose Morning Prayer videos went viral thanks mostly to his mischievous cat, has retired but hopes to continue offering prayers from his garden on YouTube.


Westminster Abbey holds annual Florence Nightingale service.


 Things Not To Be Missed

A Church in Grand Haven, MI wanted to listen to those outside their community about their needs, their hopes, their spiritual lives, and their thoughts on the church and they came up with a creative process (that is easy to replicate) that brought some great insights for evangelism.


Bosco Peters, who runs the Liturgy.co.nz website, reflects on the changes in ordained ministry over the past thirty years of his own career.


image: Archbishop Michael Jackson, Minister Simon Coveney, Fred Deane and Desmond Campbell at the launch of the Black Santa sit out for the Ukraine appeal at St Ann’s. (From Church of Ireland News)

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